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2016 Recap… Favorite’s and Life changing ,A look back💕

2016 Recap.. Favorite’s and Life Changing… A look back💕

NYFW Red carpet event @ Inglot Studio

NYFW a bucket list dream and being able to share with my sister

One of Our Boutiques that I carefully designed and created!

Fox 13 News A Fashion Segment on “The Place”

Ritz Carlton St.Thomas ,20 year wedding anniversary

Getting Back to my Bikini body…

My men on a Family Trip to Santa Barbara

Homeless bags, giving more and accomplishing more random act of kindness

Becoming the Model for the shop

As 2016 came to a end I needed to Share some of my greatest memories, Accoplishments and life changers… 2016 was a big year of change for me in Many ways from health, business and lifestyle.

I have loved Fashion & interior design since I was a little girl Designing Barbies Dream house and Building her wardrobe. So of course I have dreamed of going to New York Fashion Week since I was a little girl. It was a dream come true to exsperience this & being able to share with my sister made it icing on the cake. ( read about our Trip here)

Making Changes in business….my husband and I have owned Chic Style clothing boutique for 7 years. It’s been a dream, Hard work, reaching goals, long Hours, lost family time, big learning lessons ( good & bad) building wonderful relationship and helping woman look and feel good…. We built to 3 stores a website and a monthly Subscription business in this time with a goal of 5 shops… Lots of Prayers and some bumps ,we were on our way to the 5 and along the way ( and more prayers) our goals changed…. We realized Bigger isn’t better, Work smarter not harder and Our family was growing up to Fast and were missing it!  We down sized Now to Our 1 South Ogden shop a website and our subscription box. We have other dreams we are wanting to accomplish (which we will share soon) we are Happy with our dession’s ( don’t think tears weren’t shed and some heartache felt, even some failure thought) But as time went on we knew we made the right choices. Because of the choices we made in 2016 we were able to spend more time with Our boys, go on vacations, devote more time with God and I believe where on the right path for 2017 in business and life. Thank you for supporting us and sharing us on our journey as small buisness owners💕 ( more one our Buisness story here)

A business goal achieved…. Making it on Fox 13 News with a fashion segment on  (The Place)  was a big goal achieved with the help of my friend Jen Berns I got a call to do my first tv spot and was lucky enough for it to have gone well that I got asked back In November and looking forward to two more segements in January and February. I know God had his had in this and believe me I am counting my blessings🙏🏻

20 years of Marriage is My biggest accomplishment of 2016, I am Lucky to be Married to a man I adore , My best friend, who shares the same values and supports my goals. Being married 20 years has been truly easy to this loving & easy going man. We celebrated with a first class Trip and our First ever vacation with out our kids (our trip post here) to The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas  and then off  with 8 of our friends on a private yacht to tour the BVI’s truly a trip of a life time. Wishing  I was planing this trip again it was so fabulous! Almost a “pinch me” is it real kind of trip!

I shared my Health , Hormone and weight challenge with you several post back (read here) I finally got answers, felt better and got my bikini body back, not perfect in any way and still working on it but at least I feel like I can be seen in a bathing suit again😘 ( this is a big deal to a girl who loves the beach and her Sunday lake day’s)

My men❤️ What I live for …. I couldn’t imagine my life with out them! Because of our Buisness choices this year , we were able to have more time to share as a family and go on some much need vacation ‘s.  2016 was the First time I ever made a list of resolution ( I will share my 2016 list with you & the results in  the next week) 1 of my resolutions was to getaway more & travel. I really wanted to go somewhere every month, even if it was a little weekend getaway !  Resolution achieved✔️ It made the year so enjoyable I made it be a 2017 resolution as well! It is life changing and really is worth taking the time to make a break a priority.  Fun family bonding and great memories made.

My Family and I try to give back and help others. 2016 I made another Resolution to Give back more, help more and come up with more Randome acts of kindness. We were able with the help of Many Family & friends to reach our Goal of 200 Homeless giving bags (we achieved 212) Next year our goal is 500.  I will be doing a post on our details of what’s in our bags and our process this month so stay tuned.    As for our Random Acts of Kindness … I am a Junior league Member and this year one of the members came up with a challenge, which was perfect because I was already thinking of ideas to put into play… With a their challenge I was given 50 cards to attach Random acts too and pass out…. What a joy to see the look on people’s faces. It really does make your life better to be able to GIVE❤️  If you want to see what I did check out my Instagram @darcyvandenberg to see the post.

Owning a Boutique, selling clothes is the main part of  our Buisness. I realized what ever I wear in our shops I sell out of. A light went on ( yes it only took 6 years)  I need to Model the clothing  and post the new arrivals. I did think of it Earlier but honest I didn’t have the time to model and set up shoots with 3 shops. One of the positive things to come out of down sizing and boy has it helped sales. People having been loving it and comment how much they love the change.  Happy  I could use some tips from my old modeling  days and my hubby is a decent photographer.

I hope you enjoyed my recap of 2016, I love sharing with you my Top 9  ❤️D’Arcy

Birthday Celebrating 45

Wishing in 45

Wishing in 45 With our Utah friends at the Pumpkin Patch

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Birthday Lunch with My family at Maggiano’s @ fashion Show in Las Vegas

Shopping with my mom and Boys in Las Vegas

Shopping with my mom and Boys in Las Vegas

Dry Bar Las Vegas

Dry Bar Las Vegas

Turning 45

Turning 45

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My long Time girlfriend Opened a Boutique ( a dream of hers for years)  Rowan on Santa Claus lane in Carpinteria….so it was a Joy to go visit her, Shop her Boutique and go out to Lunch❤️

 

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara , cliff Hike with Ocean view, My Hubby and I went for a 2. 1/2 hour hike in the cliff’s and then hiked down to the ocean…. ( where my phone fell in!)  

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My Men❤️ Sunday Breakfest and a morning Beach walk!

Turning 45….. Wow I don’t feel 45… Where does the time go? I can honestly say age really doesn’t matter, It’s all  in how you feel and act.  I try to take care of myself, stay busy and love life…. Rocking in 45 is just another number BUT the Long weekend celebrating it was a blast!  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate….Wonderful people, good food, some of my favorite Things & My loves all in the City & the Beach! One Happy Girl! Thanks to everybody who helped celebrate with me. ❤️D’Arcy

 

7 year Birthday Celebration

Chic Style turn’s 7 this week!

First off I have to share How blessed I am to have come this far I could not Have done it without you and your support! I am truly honored and humbled that out of All the places and choices you have to shop you pick Chic Style as one to support. My family and I are so thankful that you support our Family business and we get to do what we love❤️

Making it 7 Years is a true blessing…. We have gone through growth, bumps, joy, heartbreak, lessons and God blessing all with your support! We truly are thankful for you and the support you give us! Building A business is hard work,requires long hours, sweat, passion and a lot of love & or course great clientele. Building the friendships we’ve gain over the years is a blessing and one of my biggest joys. I love the chatting, getting to know you, about your family and lives! Getting to be apart of dressing you and picking out that perfect outfit, dress or even gift makes it that much more rewarding!

I thank you❤️

This weeks Celebration August 8-13th is about Thanking you! We will be serving daily Cupcakes by Lovely cake’s ( a new south Ogden bakery), prizes, gift with purchase, so many deals on Must have FALL item’s ccbeanies $10, blanket scarf’s $10 $5.00 leggings & statement necklaces , $12 tees, $30 jeans and a shop full of the latest Fall arrival’s…. Don’t forget 20% off 1 item with email or text✔️

 

Turning 7 …. Wow I can’t believe how fast the time goes…I can truly say I feel great about where Chic Style has come and where our business is going! We have so many Great things in the works for you to share in!

Our website is one of the things we have been working on… Bringing you more items we carry in the shop online, so if your a online shopper keep watching our online shop! www.chicstyleutah.com

Our blog has been another place we have been trying hard to keep you informed and getting closer to knowing Me & My style, a touch of our “home” & outside the “shop life”… Not to mention tips and my fav’s! We post once a week so I hope you signed up to receive the email link! (On website and in emails)

Once a week Email and VIP text is a great way to stay connected, get a deal or coupon. ( link on website) we Do Not spam or  share our list! We love our customer’s and do not want to bam bard you so we do 1 email & 1 text weekly💕

Our Instagram chicstyleutah & our Chic Style VIP Facebook page is the way to check out our Daily arrivals, giveaways, outfit inspiration’s!

Chic Stylebox is our monthly subscription box for $21.99 2-3 fashion accessories mailed to your door that really is a great deal and makes for a great gift! Who doesn’t want a surprise box coming to your door! www.chicstylebox.com

Chic Style South Ogden ( Our boutiques store front) has been getting a facelift a little at a time so if you haven’t been in a while come see all our changes! Also note we have been working really hard at finding ALL the latest affordable fashions and stocking more Items then we ever have! NEW merchandise Dailey!!!  1695 east Skyline dr, South Ogden Ut. 84310

Our Latest Excitement….Our New Clothing Line Will be launched by Christmas! I have had a dream of having this line for several years now and It’s finally coming True…. Stay tuned❤️

Thank you for Sharing in our dreams and helping our family business grow and be the best it can be we appreciate your support and love!

Thank you, D’Arcy, Ben, Hudson, Hampton and the Girl’s at Chic Style

 

 

7 years as a Boutique owner!

7 years as a Boutique owner!

Chic Style celebrates 7 years!

Chic Style celebrates 7 years!

So excited to celebrate with you! Thankful for the 7 years of your support!

So excited to celebrate with you! Thankful for the 7 years of your support!

We celebrated with a cold stone sweet cream! Perfect way to end our Hot Summer photo shoot!

We celebrated with a cold stone sweet cream! Perfect way to end our Hot Summer photo shoot!

20 Year Anniversary!

View from our Room at the Ritz

View from our Room at the Ritz

In the spirit of wedding season, I thought I would share about our latest vacation…. Would make for a beautiful destination wedding or perfect honeymoon.

Trip of a life time for us…Our 20 year anniversary was February 25th. In 20 years & 2 boys, businesses a number of homes lived in and building a life together…. We never took a vacation without our kids! We took vacations as a family, don’t get me wrong we went on little weekend getaway’s or a overnight stay without our kids but a full blown relaxing trip with NO kids was 20 years in the making….

A year 1/2 ago our good friends talked about their trips to the British Virgin Islands and charting a private yacht. This was exciting and sounded like a Trip of a life time! We talked about it a couple more times with our Group of friends we call family, said we gotta do it! The Plans began for “Our Trip of a lifetime!”

Getting more details, and Date’s set for April, deposits made and Fight plans, we realized we Fly into St.Thomas, why not go a few days earlier and enjoy our time as a couple! Better yet I have been saving my American Exspress miles…. Let’s do everything 1St class!!! My research began…. I decided on Staying at The Ritz Carlton on St. Thomas for 4 days before our adventure with friends began! First class seats booked, hotel booked…. Now all we had to do was wait! The excitement of the months getting closer was like a kid going to Disneyland!!!

We were lucky Our Good friends had done this trip many times and knew what company to Book A private yacht with 5 staterooms, also what 6 islands in the British Virgin Islands to travel too, what ferry’s to take. Also What you need to stock your boat with, what to bring and what the important sight’s and outings to take on each Island! Our own personal guides ( we would not have had this experience without the Torman’s) You Fly into St Thomas take a ferry to Tortola and pick up your boat… Then off to Peter, Cooper, Norman, TheBaths,Bitter end and Jost VanDyke! Also Note our friend was the captain and ALL of the Hubby’s are very boat knowledgeable .

The couple day’s before our Trip the excitement was in full swing and I couldn’t sleep! All the months of planning, shopping and organizing was finally here and Man did we all feel like kid on Christmas eve❤️

We’re here…. Really we’re Here!!!! checked into the Ritz with Drinks handed to us upon arrival and it was like a dream ! A breathtaking resort with waters the color’s of Aqua, and Turquoise I have never Seen water so beautiful! We hurried to get into our swim suits and grabbed that cabana on the Beach! The View was so beautiful we kept saying ” we couldn’t believe it’s taken us this long to do this….enjoying each other and our time alone was pure peace. I love and adore my hubby and have always been very great full to share my life with him…. This was better then I could have imagined!

I really think I enjoyed it so much more because I knew my boys were at a age I didn’t have to worry about them ( plus Oma & Opa where taking perfect care of them!) I could relax & enjoy every moment with my hubby and take ALL the Breathtakingly beautiful views, perfect setting, wonderful service at this luxurious resort! We enjoyed the Beauty in the moment….. It was so perfect we never left the resort….A Private cabana, Snorkeling, pool side service, amazing dining, paddle boards, floating on rafts in the ocean in crystal clear water and a 5 star workout facilities! I couldn’t ask for a better Start to an amazing vacation! Guess what… I didn’t miss my boys ( is that bad?)

Sunday our Island Hoping began and man was that an adventure I’ll never forget! So beautiful! I could go on and on…. Our company was perfect! The Island’s were amazing each one having its own adventure and views to die for!! I could write on and on about everything we did and saw but I will say If you ever get the chance to go Island hoping in the BVI’s do it will Change you!! ( most of these little islands can not be reached by cruise ships…) So it a exsperience like no other! Quiet, calm and peaceful yet every island had a cool restaurant or bar and a little shop or two…. The waters …pictures don’t do justice and the pure joy you feel is like your a kid again!!!

Let’s not forget this is where the drinks…. The Painkiller and lime in the Coconut originated! Yummy!

Hope you ALL get your trip of a life time ❤️D’Arcy

Note…. All of my photo’s where taken with my IPhone and no filter or editing! I was very proud of this! I know I could go in and edit…. But I just wanted to show what I capitured with just the naked Eye and a phone:)

My cute hubby in the pool at the Ritz!

My cute hubby in the pool at the Ritz!

Pure relaxation, cabana at the Ritz

Pure relaxation, cabana at the Ritz

Sunrise in St.Thomas

The cutest little town on Tortola where we picked up our boat!

The cutest little town on Tortola where we picked up our boat!

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Cooper island

Cooper island

View from the Top of the Baths

View from the Top of the Baths

Just a couple shells we found while snorkeling

Just a couple shells we found while snorkeling

 

Friends we call family

Friends we call family

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View from resort at Bitter end

View from resort at Bitter end

 

Our private Catamaran the Ottertude

Our private Catamaran the Ottertude

Boys will be boys... Jumping off the top of boat!

Boys will be boys… Jumping off the top of boat!

Mother’s Day

A little peek into My Mother’s Day! The real Day not the Instagram or Facebook how people view your day… Day

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day has a different meaning to everyone…..
Some like to share it with all the family….( mom’s, nana’s auntie’s etc)
Some like to be lazy and not get Out of their pj’s…
Some like to get all dressed up and go to Brunch….
Some just like to be remembered….

As for Me ,Mother’s Day I would love to do all of the above but of course that’s not possible!
We don’t live near our family, so it’s just the 4 of us! I never have big expectations for Mother’s Day as they never seem to be what I would picture in my head! ( 1 Mother’s Day I was electrocuted 😁) I am a Mother of boy’s and I try to teach them to be loving , caring and thoughtful…. They’re good boys… But Thinking of me isn’t always on the top of they’re list ( we’ve had long chats over this!) so being truly honest here…. I don’t have big expectations!
( nor do I think I need too, a what can I do for you today mom? Would be awesome)

This year is been a crazy couple of weeks and I just wanted a day in my Pj’s relaxing, a good breakfast

( would have loved a stack of something sweet😍 but not possible on Whole30) scrolling through Instagram and watching hallmark channel and HGTV!
My day started off the way I was hoping…. Except the 6 am enteral alarm clock!
Hubby Made a perfect whole30 breakfast, and we laid in bed watching Joel Olsteen and scrolling Instagram until my boys got up around 10…. No Happy Mother’s Day ( oh 1 kid was at sleep over so hubby ran and got him)
First thing out of my oldest Mouth is what are we doing today…. We’re not gonna just stay home and do nothing are we!!!! Still no Happy Mother’s Day
My Hubby and youngest came home with a card and flower ( which I know was purchase that morning) and we are doing something today right? I really should have said did you guys plan something but I didn’t….I went back to doing what I wanted to do which was lounging around!
Around 1 my hubby asked” what do you want to do?” I stated the above and said but our kids would love to do something!….. He said well it’s up to you!
So…. Because I am a MoM…. As most of us are, that put our kids wants before ours…. I said ok let’s go to Movies and dinner….not to see Mother’s Day as I would have picked but to see Captain America because of course I am a MOM of boys❤️
The movie was great and our Dinner at Twigs was awesome, we even squeezed in some shopping…my day didn’t go as planned but I spent it with The ones I love Most!
Let’s face it any time we get to spend the day with no phones and your boys attention is the Best gift you can get❤️
Most of us Mom’s don’t have have the perfect day or the perfect family but in each day I hope we can teach and learn lessons to be the best person we can be!
I hope your Mother’s Day turned out to be what you had planned or even better then the plans in your head❤️
Have a Beautiful week, D’Arcy

Breakfast in bed made by the hubby whole30

Breakfast in bed made by the hubby whole30

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My outfit for the day…. It’s chilly and rainy here in Utah!

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Another shot of my Quick Mother’s Day outfit… Dazzling sweater, Edison jeans, fedora and New balance tennis shoes!

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My Boy’s❤️ The love’s of my lives! Hudson 19 and Hampton 13 ( remember I am 5’9 1/2 ) they grow so fast

 

 

 

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